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Entries in BB&T Atlanta Open (4)

9:46PM

Can Swimming Make John Isner Better at Tennis?

by JAMES HENRY

ATLANTA – Mind your body – and your body won’t mind.

That is how many tennis players and other professional athletes now are extending their careers.

“We’re just taking care of our bodies better, and science is showing us and technology is giving us better ways of seeing where the body is being broken down and how can we fix it,” said three-time Olympic champion Brooke Bennett. “We’re just a lot smarter, in all sports.”

The distance swimming icon attended the BB&T Atlanta Open, greeting tennis fans at an exhibit commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Olympic Games in Atlanta.

She also met top-ranked American men’s tennis player John Isner. All 6 feet and 10 inches of him.

“I just felt so short,” she laughed after the pair posed for a photograph.

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9:30AM

Kyrgios Rekindling Passion for Tennis 

by JAMES HENRY

ATLANTA – Nick Kyrgios just wants to have fun.

Making his debut at the BB&T Atlanta Open, the young Australian, as notorious as he is talented, is seeking his second ATP World Tour title.

But he also is looking for something else: the joy that originally inspired him to pick up a tennis racket.

“I’m just really trying to get back to the basics, just trying to enjoy it, just find the reason I started playing, just to go out there and compete,” Kyrgios said.

“I’m just trying to get better,” he said. “I’m trying to find myself. And, hopefully, I can continue to have good results.”

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9:11AM

John Isner Getting His Groove Back

 

by JAMES HENRY

ATLANTA – John Isner never expected he’d become the flagbearer for American men’s tennis.

The winner of 10 ATP World Tour singles titles, he’s now vying for his fourth consecutive BB&T Atlanta Open trophy.

“I did not know I wanted to play pro tennis until my junior year at Georgia,” he said. “I told myself that if I ever at any point got in the top 50 in the world, I’d be really proud of that. I’ve far surpassed that. I’ve surprised myself. 

“I’ve been ranked pretty high for a long time now. I know I can, at the very least, maintain that. And I still believe I can get better, even at 31 now.”

While growing up and early on as a student at the University of Georgia, Isner wanted to be a sportscaster.

“Then I realized I was pretty good at tennis,” he smiled. “It worked out.”

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7:59PM

Tennis Tackles The Big City: Thoughts on the BB&T Atlanta Open

by Kait O'Callahan

America’s tennis scene differs almost as much as its states.  During my six weeks (and counting) in the USA I’ve played on a mix of courts from the cracked asphalt in Lafayette to the overwhelmingly beautiful Indian Wells.  I’ve played as a man rapped courtside, I’ve played in 100 degree heat, and I’ve played as squirrels danced in the treetops and cracked nuts above my head.  But, I haven’t played on anything like the city slick courts we encountered at the BB&T Atlanta Open on Saturday night. 

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